Actor Liam Neeson is in talks to star in “Felt”, a taut spy thriller centering on Deep Throat, the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate.
Concussion helmer Peter Landesman is directing the pic from his script and also will produce.
Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures will finance and produce alongside Scott Free Productions, Playtone and Cara Films.
Ridley Scott, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Giannina Scott, Marc Butan, Christopher Woodrow and Jay Roach will produce. Steven Shareshian and Michael Schaefer will executive produce alongside Michael Bassick and Steven Marshall.
Principal photography is set to begin in March, the filmmakers are in discussion with additional cast, reported Deadline.
The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years.
That is until, in 2005, special agent Felt (Neeson) shockingly revealed himself as the tipster. This unbelievable true story chronicles the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything u2013 his family, his career, his freedom u2013 in the name of justice.
This will be the second collaboration for writer-director Peter Landesman, Giannina Scott and Ridley Scott, following on from “Concussion” starring Will Smith, which Sony will release wide on Christmas Day.